Colour on cloth
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About the Event
For the second workshop in this series we will learn about hot vat dyeing (imagine a cauldron of colour). I will explain and demonstrate the basics of this type of natural dye process, and discuss the histories of some of the more important natural dye materials. This is the type of dyeing most accessible for replicating in your kitchen, and I will talk through how to dye with different types of cloth and how to shift hues using iron modifiers, citric acid and soda crystals.
We will have two dye vats to use during the workshop, which produce beautiful vivid hues - cochineal (pink) and weld (yellow) - and I will demonstrate how to create patterns on the cloth using different types of resist. The practical part of this workshop will be split into two sessions, and we will use clamp resists (simple blocks pressed onto the cloth) in the first session and then experiment with stitch and tie resist in the second session. Experience using a needle and thread is not necessary, and there will be plenty of help at hand if you aren’t confident but want to have a go, or there will be elastic bands available to experiment with tie resist methods (tie dyeing).
We will have a break for dinner while the fabric stews in the dye vats, and will share a simple vegan meal prepared by the very talented Soul Food Sisters (included in the price). All materials will be provided and every participant will leave with two resist-dyed pieces of ethical hand-loomed silk (each approximately 55cm x 55cm).
Please note that the pink cochineal dye we will be using takes its colour from a small sustainably farmed insect. For more information on this dye please read the 'dyes' section under 'about' in the menu bar.
Each workshop is limited to 10 participants to comply with COVID guidelines on social distancing. As in a cafe environment, you will not be required to wear a mask while seated but will be expected to put on a mask when moving around (although very little moving around will be required).
- Colour on cloth£35+£0.88 Service fee£35+£0.88 Service fee0£0